Baby dolphin dies after being surrounded by tourists posing for photos in Spain

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A baby dolphin has died after it was surrounded in the sea by tourists who wanted to pose for photographs.

The small female dolphin lost its mother and became stranded in shallow waters near to a packed tourist beach off the cost of southern Spain.

Cruel bathers gathered around the dolphin to stroke it and pose for photographs, marine conservationists said. 

When rescue workers arrived at the beach 15 minutes after the dolphin was first spotted, they said it had died from heart and lung failure caused by stress. 

Rescue workers, pictured, said the dolphin was dead when they arrived at the beach (Equinac)

A photo shared on Facebook by Equinac, a group which protects marine wildlife in the area, showed an adult and two children pawing the dolphin in the shallow water.

The group said hundreds of people from the beach rushed towards the dolphin and criticised them for being “obsessed” with taking photographs. 

A statement on the Facebook page said: “Humans are the most irrational animal there is. Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving hungry, without its mother and terrified.

“In their selfishness, all they want is to photograph it and touch it, even if the animal is suffering from stress.”

The group said tourists were not responsible for separating the dolphin from its mother but should have left it alone and that crowding around them causes them to become “extremely stressed”.

It added that children who petted the dolphin had unintentionally covered its spiracle (blowhole).

The incident occurred last Friday on a beach at popular seaside resort Mojacar.

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